How To Partition Living Room to Create a Guest Room?

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Q: My husband and I are buying a 2-bedroom apartment which is nearly 1200 square feet in area. We would like to create a small guest room by partitioning off a section of the living room. I imagine this as a small 3.2 x 2m (10 ft x 7 ft) space — similar to the spare room we have in our current rented apartment, which is just about sufficient for a wardrobe and an Ikea daybed which opens to a double bed to sleep guests.

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The new flat (floor plan attached) will probably see our parents visiting on a more regular basis than before. I want this space to be something where they can have privacy to sleep/relax. Given the living room layout, I think we can squeeze the planned room to lie along the right side of the living room, but unfortunately this means it would be windowless, so we need to be really creative about ventilation and lighting. I am also concerned about the partition spoiling the aesthetics of the rest of the room. I'm thinking mirrored sliding doors (mirrored surface facing the living room to reflect light) along the long edge of the room, or a mirrored wall along the long edge with sliding doors along the short edge, louvered vents on top. I'm also thinking about putting a wall-bed (expensive!) or an extendable Ikea-type daybed in the room. I am not a fan of sofa beds since the mattresses are not very comfortable for regular use.

Any ideas/tips on layout, structure, ventilation, lighting, etc. would be appreciated!

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